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Social Media, Subjectivity, and Surveillance: Moving on From Occupy, the Rise of Live Streaming Video

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Abstract:

This article seeks to critically examine the practical application of live streaming video at use in contemporary resistance movements, particularly the work of CUTV during the Quebec Student Strike of 2012. With a brief comparison to the use of social media—and even live streaming—in the Occupy movement, this article demonstrates the differences, and sophistication, of live streaming video in the Quebec Spring. Specifically, this article seeks to understand the ways in which political actors and digital technologies form unique assemblages (in the Deleuzian sense), which can both operate as mechanisms of power as surveillance technologies for police forces or, if used carefully and critically, can open up nodes of counter-power, disrupting state surveillance, surveilling the police themselves, and providing the space for the construction of subjectivity on the part of political actors in the streets.

Keywords: Activism; Assemblage; Counter-Hegemonic Surveillance Assemblages; Occupy; Quebec Student Strike; Revolution; Social Media; Subjectivity; Surveillance

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2013.827356

Publication date: 2014-01-02

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